A wise word to crafters, artists, and makers of all kinds: I just learned about trauma scissors, which are inexpensive as can be, and will cut through all sorts of materials: fabric, metal, leather, balsa wood…and supposedly, pennies. Steve Hoefer says,
Sometimes called EMT or Paramedic scissors, they were originally designed for emergency responders to cut through seat belts, zippers, denim and leather. The rounded tip and bent handle made to safely cut along skin also make them useful for cutting along other surfaces without snags or jabs.
They’re somewhat famous for being shown cutting through a penny, which they’ll do without too much trouble. More practically they’ll cut sheet metal, wire, cable, plastic, cardboard, staples, rubber, foam, branches, and small bolts, to name a few. They’re the scissors I reach for when I don’t want to ruin my good scissors, and you’ll find them scattered throughout my workshop. They’re also great for opening plastic clamshell packages and I’ve tied them into bows on presents to help get into gifts.
I’ma order a pair for every room in the house. Snag a whole bunch of ’em at Amazon for only $2.20 a set.
Can’t wait to try ’em. [via CoolTools]